No Australian mobile phone company has said whether they will sell the new Microsoft Kin phone that was was revealed overnight in the USA, however, it is tipped that Vodafone will be the first to launch the phone in Australia.
The Kin phones, which come with either 4GB or 8GB, were developed in partnership with Vodafone and Sharp. Both models come with a touchscreen and slide-out keyboard. Kin One is more compact and meant for one-handed use, while Kin Two comes with more advanced features, including the ability to record high-definition video in 1280 x 720 resolution. Both phones’ cameras (5 megapixels for Kin One and 8 megapixels for Kin Two) come with image stabilisation and LumiLED flash. The Kin One has a 2.6-inch screen and the Two has a 3.4-inch screen. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, further specs, including size and weight, are not being provided at this time,
They Kin phones will be the first to feature a built-in Zune media player and with stereo speakers.
Designed for social-network enthusiasts, the Kin’s interface is said to bring together feeds from Microsoft, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to one location. Users will be able to choose their “favorite” people and the phone will prioritise their status updates, messages, feeds and photos.
One part of the phone, known as The Spot, allows users to drag videos, photos, texts, web pages and status updates and then decide how to share them. Content is stored in the cloud for easier sharing, Microsoft said, and a “digital journal” of photos, videos, contacts, and call and text histories is automatically backed up at the Kin Studio.
“Working closely with our partners, we saw an opportunity to design a mobile experience just for this social generation – a phone that makes it easy to share your life moment-to-moment,” Robbie Bach, president of the entertainment and devices division at Microsoft, said in a statement. “We built Kin for people who live to be connected, share, express and relate to their friends and family. This social generation wants and needs more from their phone. Kin is the one place to get the stuff you care about to the people you care about most.”